Today’s reading is Psalm 35.
Psalm 35 is easily broken into three sections, three prayers if you will. The first section is vss. 1-10. The second vss. 11-18. The third vss. 19-28. Do you notice anything similar between the last verses of these sections?
Each section/prayer ends with rejoicing and praise.
This isn’t quite Psalm 33. Psalm 33 is in a time usually reserved for lament, but it is completely full of praise, rejoicing, and thanksgiving. In this week’s psalm, there is a good deal of lamenting. Yet, even the laments end with rejoicing, thanksgiving, and praise or the promise to do so when the requests are granted.
The first prayer ends with a promise of personal rejoicing and praise. The second ends with a promise to personally rejoice, praise, and give thanks among the congregation. The third invites the rest of the congregation to rejoice, praise, and give thanks along with the psalmist.
Paul tells us to give thanks in all circumstances (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18). David gives us an example of how to do just that. What can you thank God for today? What can you praise God for today? How can you rejoice today?
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 35.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch the interesting phrase in Psalm 35:10? “All my bones shall say, ‘O Lord, who is like you?”
No doubt, “all my bones” is an idiomatic phrase which means something like “with my whole being” or “with every part of me.” However, it probably should bring something else to our mind as well.
Do you remember in Psalm 34:20, when we read, “He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken”? It is all those bones, the ones that aren’t broken, that will rejoice in the salvation God will provide.
There are some other interesting connections between the two psalms. These are the only two psalms that mention the angel of the Lord. Psalm 35 seems like an expansion on Psalm 34:13-14. The latter describes the end of those who don’t seek peace, but instead speak deceit (35:20). Both psalms call on others to praise God along with the psalmist (34:3; 35:27-28). In Psalm 34:10, the young lions suffer want and hunger. In Psalm 35:17, David asks for deliverance of his life from the lions. In Psalm 34:15, the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous. In Psalm 35:22, the Lord has seen what is happening to David. There are probably more. But surely by now you can see why the compilers of this book put these two psalms next to each other.